Kempton Park

  • 13:30 Starlight Children's Foundation Beginners' Chase3m

  • Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 33.10s
  • Off time: 13:31:06
13:30 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st So Fine (IRE) 13/2
2nd Spirit River (FR) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 41313-0 Maroon and White (quartered), checked sleeves and cap Barlow (IRE) 37
Distance Winner
5 11-2 W Greatrex N D Fehily 11/43.75
2 P-8PFU4 Black, Emerald Green star, Emerald Green sleeves, Black stars, Black cap, Emerald Green star Firm Order (IRE) 21
7 11-2 p1 P R Webber D F O'Regan 112 33/134.00
3 1600-6 Dark Blue, Emerald Green stars, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue cap, Emerald Green star Lemon's Gent 172
5 11-2 P R Webber D Elsworth 33/134.00
4 11432-9 Black, Red inverted triangle, sleeves and cap So Fine (IRE) 38
6 11-2 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 13/27.50
5 FF0/4FP- White, black cap Spirit River (FR) 228
7 11-2 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 2/13.00
6 1316-62 Black, Red braces and sleeves, Red and Black quartered cap The Druids Nephew (IRE) 23
Course WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-2 Andrew Turnell T Scudamore 134 13/82.62
7 513PP-P Emerald green, maroon stars, emerald green sleeves Worth The Stretch 30
Distance Winner
6 11-2 v1 O Sherwood L P Aspell 66/167.00

Verdict

Only an inspired ride by Barry Geraghty on Hadrian's Approach denied The Druid's Nephew a winning start over fences at Ascot. The step up to 3m won't be a problem for Andy Turnell's five-year-old but Geraghty may prove his nemesis again here on board SPIRIT RIVER. Having fallen twice and been tailed off in three starts over the larger obstacles, the latter needs to improve to land this but he's sure to have had plenty of schooling over the summer and remains a potentially interesting novice this season. So Fine should win races over fences and is worth following while Barlow also has scope but Firm Order has become disappointing and stablemate Lemon's Gent may need this.